Chelsea’s goalkeeper was uneasy around a stunning penalty save and the home side missed more golden opportunities late on
The man who can teach any bird to sing silenced a football stadium, but not for long. Instead – as the final, wild, open, epic minutes went by – this place was as loud as anyone could remember it, more than 40,000 people standing to applaud, almost as exhausted as the men collapsing to the floor before them. It seemed almost absurd to think then, at the end of those last seven minutes of additional time when two teams were on the edge, knowing that a win would put them through and a defeat would pretty much put them out, that this place had ever been quiet.
Absurd, too, to think that what had appeared to be the decisive moment had happened a full half an hour earlier. And that since it there had been so many more. Kepa Arrizabalaga stood on his line. Twelve yards away, the former Queens Park Rangers player and Brentford resident Daniel Parejo. Chelsea led 2-1, but Jorginho had given Valencia a penalty and a lifeline.